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Music Monday 12.31.12 - Marlow

     We've featured Marlow before on the site when he released his video for South Beach Flow wearing the London Zhiloh Tee. He recently contacted us again with some of his new work and we decided to feature him this week on the site. Read on to learn more about him and watch some of his music videos.

     Marlow, aka HollyWoodLow, born Sha'Quan Williams, was raised in the metropolitan area of D.C, Maryland, and Virginia his entire life. He was raised by his mother who was a single parent, and they struggled early on in their life, even having to move to various shelters in the area. Once Marlow and his mom got some stability, and he started to mature, he grew an exceptional interest in music. Always knowing how to express himself through drawing, and creating stories, Marlow saw music as a way to express himself in a way that was more direct and therapeutic. When Marlow. entered high school, he decided to really give music a shot. His first recorded song, "Its Nuffin" was shelved however due to the content of the music, which wasn't really true to who Marlow was. So he decided to take a break from the music until his 11th grade year once he had his son, Elijah. He started out from ground zero, by recording songs on his computer for his own enjoyment and friends. It wasn't until he linked up with fellow cousin OverTyme and label Nu-Phase records, where he would reunite with the studio, and really dive into the music industry. During his run with OverTyme they recorded songs with Kurtis Blow, performed at the Zanzibar, Hogates, Marion Barry's Annual Ward events, various high schools and much more. Though things were looking exceptionally well at first, Marlow didn't see his future with the label, so he decided to leave and take another break with the industry. It wasn't until a fellow classmate of his by the name of TroyBoy, told him he wanted to rap with him. Not taking it serious at first, Marlow brushed it off, but TroyBoy was determined so in turn they recorded 'Ridin In My Car', a throwaway song that wasn't meant to be serious that caught fire quick. They then decided to create a group by the name of HD, and eventually crafted a mixtape by the name of 'Loyalty B4 Royalty' which was released to good to mixed reviews. The success of the mixtape, gave the two a good buzz to start off with. Despite the success however the group broke up for personal reasons, though the two are on good terms to this day. Marlow has since started his new organization and movement, ‘PCELVE’ directing his own videos, released his first single "Set For Life" and has began working on his debut project,

Peace.Love.WAR

. There is no question that Marlow won't be taking any breaks from music anytime soon. When asked about why he wanted to pursue music Marlow simply stated: "It's not about the money, cars, clothes, women, or any of that, it's about getting out a message, and truly expressing the thoughts, and emotions I have to the outside people, my other methods of expressing myself have been deemed as "crazy" and I truly feel this is the only way I can express myself, I truly love music, and feel that I was destined to do this, so I'm basically fulfilling my destiny, I am SUPPOSED to do this..."

Links:

@HollyWoodLow

Facebook.com/TheRealMarlow

Instagram.com/praiselowgod

Soundcloud.com/therealmarlow

YouTube.com/TheRealMarlow

YouTube.com/DirectedByMarlow

THISISMARLOW mixtape 

http://therealmarlow.bandcamp.com/album/thisismarlow-spring-demo

To be considered for next week's featured artist email us at uxudmv@gmail.com

MerCure Dior Ft A$AP Ant "Gush" Official Music Video

I earlier showed you guys some behind the scenes photo from 16 year old rapper MerCure Dior's music video shoot for his song "Gush". Last night the video, directed by Wayne Bertram Jr., myself and Chris Jones. MerCure was wearing the NSL Tee during the second scene of the video which you can get on our Online Store. I also have a really short cameo during the first scene. The video can be seen below. Leave your comments!

MerCure Dior Video Shoot

So this past Saturday I was invited to work on a music video project by Wayne from the DMV Legends. The song was for a young rapper named Mercure Dior.  The song is called "Gush" and it features A$AP Ant on the track with him. I loved the song when I heard and couldn't wait to start shooting, so i happily said yes. I knew he was young but I didn't know he was 16. I would've never guessed by his music. I filmed for the first day of shooting and took some pictures while I did. It gives a preview of how this video will look. I'll be sure to post it when it releases. 

The production team Chris (Left) and Wayne (Right) I worked with for this project. I loved working with these guys and were already starting on our next project together.

I'm really excited about this video because it was really fun to shoot and I know it's going to come out well. Mercure is a great artist and I can't wait to work him him some more. 

Unique And Uncontemporary Presents: Brandon Charles


I've known Brandon since sophomore year in high school. Since i've known him he has wanted to be a rapper. I caught up with him when I got back home a couple weeks ago and words can't describe how his skills have grown except his own. I did a photo shoot with him and his producer in Baltimore last week and posted the pictures on my photography site. I'll post a few here too. I did a quick free style video with him and told him to rap on the spot and he had no trouble dropping a few bars. We also met a street magician named John who was more than happy to show us a few tricks. The video can be viewed below.




Brandon's MixTape "Say Grace" drops this month. Be sure to download when it does. We looks forward to working with you more Brandon.